Make mealtimes healthier and more mindful with beautiful, balanced bento boxes.

A carefully assembled bento box can bring joy to even the most stressful day. Learn the craft of bento, eat well, and save money with this introduction to the Japanese style of boxed lunch. With a mix of Japanese, Chinese, and fusion bentos, there are recipes to appeal to every palate. Prepare one of 30 bento box meals, or mix and match over 60 different recipes to create your own bento box combinations. Helpful tips for prepping ahead and making efficient use of kitchen time means you can have beautiful bentos packed and ready to go quickly each morning.

-Something for everyone--includes meat, poultry, and fish bentos as well as vegetarian and vegan options.
-Easy to prepare--simple recipes with clear instructions and easily sourced ingredients
-Low cost--save money by preparing bento meals at home instead of eating out
-Calorie conscious--built-in portion control with fewer than 500 calories per bento box meal

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half-Title
  3. Contents
  4. How to use this eBook
  5. Bento basics
    1. About Bento
    2. About This Book
    3. Kitchen Equipment
    4. Bento Prep Tips
    5. Bento Assembly
    6. Packing Your Bento
    7. Storage and Reheating
  6. Traditional Japanese Bento
    1. Roasted Mackerel with Miso Vegetable Stir-Fry and Sweet Japanese Pumpkin
    2. Pan-Seared Salmon with Pork Roll-Ups and Carrot Egg Roll
    3. Honey Ginger Beef with Hard-Boiled Egg, Pickled Onion, and Broccoli
    4. Pork Onion Rings with Bell Pepper Frittata and Sautéed Zucchini
    5. Chicken Patties with Omelet Fried Rice and Broccoli
    6. Bacon Tofu Roll with Shishito Peppers, Miso Eggplant, and Kabocha
    7. Glazed Pork Belly with Soy Egg and Spicy Cucumber
    8. Sushi Sandwiches
    9. Teriyaki Chicken with Edamame Egg Roll and Sautéed Spinach
  7. Pan-Asian Bento
    1. MaPo Tofu with Egg Roll, Pickled Cucumber, and Sweet Japanese Pumpkin
    2. Rose Gyoza with Sesame Vegetables
    3. Ground Turkey & Capers with Chayote & Mushroom Stir-Fry, Scallion Egg Roll, and Pickled Onion
    4. Daikon Stewed Pork with Asparagus & Shrimp and Beech Mushroom Stir-Fry
    5. Mandarin Chicken with Sautéed Chard & Mushrooms and Tomato Salad
    6. Pineapple Shrimp with Sugar Snap Peas and Honey Lemon Radish
    7. Savory Poached Chicken with Zoodles
    8. Bibimbap Bento
    9. Jiao Ma Chicken with Cabbage & Cucumber Salad and Coconut Rice
    10. Tandoori Chicken Sandwich with Tomato & Avocado Salad
    11. Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork with Fresh Spring Rolls
    12. Vegetable Curry with Flatbread Salad Wraps
  8. Western-Style Bento
    1. Honey Mustard Salmon with Curried Cauliflower and Spicy Kale
    2. Pesto Cod Parcel with Sautéed Zucchini & Mushrooms
    3. Parmesan Chicken with Sautéed Brussels Sprouts and Sausage Rigatoni
    4. Meatballs with Tomato Sauce and Spinach Mushroom Gnocchi
    5. Spicy Kale & Ground Beef with Tomato Scrambled Eggs and Kabocha Pumpkin Ball
    6. Cumin Lamb Kebabs with Uyghur Rice Pilaf
    7. Roasted Harissa Chicken with Chard & Chickpea Stir-Fry
    8. Balsamic Pork with Garlic Asparagus and Tuna-Stuffed Tomato
    9. Roasted Portobello Burger with Spicy Korean Coleslaw
  9. Staples
    1. Jasmine Rice
    2. Basmati Rice
    3. Medium- or Short-Grain white Rice
    4. Multicooker rice
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. copyright